13 Ways to Make a Greener Home
13 Ways to Make Your Home Greener
Making your home greener doesn’t mean water your front lawn. Today’s building industry offers a wide variety of eco-friendly materials and products you can use on your home. Here is a listing of 13 ways you can environmentally improve your home.
1. Avoid West-Facing Construction
This will keep your home cool while minimizing sun exposure.
2. Use Structural Insulated Panels
These panels are structurally sound while also providing a lightweight and efficient option.
3. Use Environmentally Friendly Materials
Choose paints and varnishes that are low-VOC or no-VOC.
4. Think About your Cabinetry and Fixtures
Look for items that have no formaldehyde, heavy metals, and dyes.
Reduces energy consumption for all environments.
6. Purchase Energy Star Windows and Appliances
These stars do not just mean good job, but also represent low energy consumption appliances. Options exist for refrigerators, hot water heaters, washer and dryers, toilets, showers, and dishwashers.
7. Think Green HVAC
Choose among the many options of geothermal heat pump, radiant floor heating, or Energy Star HVAC system.
8. Protect What’s Yours
Ensure the building of your home isn’t obtrusive to wetlands, protected wildlife, or vegetation.
9. Optimize Your Solar Abilities
Consider the installation of solar panels for power on the roof.
10. Ventilate the Attic
Your cooling costs can decrease by preventing heating buildup.
11. Make Lighting Eco-Friendly
Adding windows will optimize sunlight while supplementing with LEED certified light fixtures.
12. Install a Cistern
Collect natural rainwater for gray water uses such as toilets and sprinklers.
13. Choose Indigenous Landscaping
Say no to exotic plants as local plants serve to be a better option for the environment.
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